The Care Certificate
The Care Certificate was originally designed for traditional health and social care workers: here are 5 reasons why PAs might also benefit.
The Care Certificate is a nationally recognised qualification that was developed in 2014 as part of the government’s response to the Francis Inquiry, which highlighted the need for improved standards of care in the NHS and social care sector. The certificate is designed to ensure that individuals working in the care sector are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care.
What is the Care Certificate?
The Care Certificate is a set of 15 standards. The standards were developed by Health Education England, Skills for Care, and Skills for Health, in collaboration with industry experts, care workers, and service users. The Care Certificate covers fundamental topics such as communication, privacy and dignity, health and safety, safeguarding, and infection prevention and control.
As an employer you are responsible for ensuring that your PAs have the appropriate knowledge and skills to support you safely. Although Pas do not have to complete the Care Certificate, iit can be a useful tool to enhance and support your induction of new staff and a great refresher for existing PAs.
Here are five reasons why the Care Certificate could benefit you and your PA(s):
1 – Standardised Training: The Care Certificate provides a standardised approach to training. This ensures that all of your PAs receive the essential knowledge and skills required to provide safe and effective care and support.
2 – Clear Expectations: The Care Certificate sets clear expectations for new PAs, outlining the knowledge and skills they might need to better understand their role and responsibilities, and your expectations as their employer.
3 – Professional Development: The Care Certificate is a valuable tool to support your PAs professional development. Completing the certificate provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills, which PAs can build on throughout their career. The certificate also provides a pathway to further training and development opportunities.
4 – Improved Confidence and Competence: Completing the Care Certificate can improve your PAs confidence and competence in their role. The certificate covers essential topics such as communication, privacy, and dignity, and most importantly, person-centered care and support.
5 – Better quality of care and support: The Care Certificate sets out the knowledge, sklils and behaviours that are expected of health and social care workers to ensure they deliver high quality care. PAs who have completed the certificate may also feel better equipped to provide you with the level of support you need.
In conclusion, the Care Certificate can help with the induction of new PAs but also enable you to refresh the knowledge and skills base of your existing PA(s). It provides a solid foundation of knowledge, ensures that individuals are kept up-to-date with current best practice and demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and continuous learning. By working through the Care Certificate, PAs are better equipped to provide safe, effective, and person-centrered support.
At the ILG Academy you can access the Care Certificate e-learning course for your PAs by clicking on the link below and following the on-screen instructions.
Use discount code CARE2023 when checking out to receive £5 off the standard price.
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